Less-gassy cows to arrive

Dairy cows

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

Wool deal coup

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Southland family celebrating after signing a potentially unique deal with a Japanese wool buyer.

PGG confirms forecast

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney.

PGG Wrightson says its trading performance is on track with previous forecasts despite lower forecast dairy payouts.

Green ambitions inspired

FARMING TALK: Taranaki's Ruth Prankerd, left, talks dairy farming and the environment with fellow farmer Nicki Webster, of Canterbury, during the visit to Parliament by the DairyNZ environmental leaders forum.

Environmental forum sets a Taranaki woman on a path to remind people caring for the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Farm ownership goal

Adam Giddens and Rebecca Ireland with baby Hollie.

Contract milking couple are perfecting their performance and lifting profitability as they eye eventual farm ownership.

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opinion

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

Heavy-handed approach

OPINION: A "cock up" in the prosecution of South Waikato farmer Bas Nelis paints the Waikato Regional Council in a terrible light.

Last chance for tarnished silver

Still money in small farms

dairy

Farm ownership goal

Adam Giddens and Rebecca Ireland with baby Hollie.

Contract milking couple are perfecting their performance and lifting profitability as they eye eventual farm ownership.

Agreed targets seen as key

Bad blood between dairy stock owners and graziers is usually the result of their different expectations.

STEP RIGHT UP: Cows calmly wait their turn in the queue to be milked by the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

Less-gassy cows to arrive

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

beef

McDonald's better beef aim

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show how sustainable the beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Macca's beefing up burger image

McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the NZ beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red beef by word of mouth

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.

Sheep

Wool deal coup

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Dipton farming family celebrate after signing potentially unique deal in NZ with Japanese wool buyer.

Aussie lamb at $10 a kilogram

Australian legs of lamb have winged their way across the Tasman in time for Kiwis’ Christmas roasts.

SCAN FAN: Canterbury farmer Brent Macaulay is a fan of CT scanning to get the most out of his southdowns. The ram had a CT scan as a ram hogget that helped to get an accurate reading of its internal as well as external virtues.

CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

cropping

Mood Indigo to lift crops

A fresh crop of garlic

CropLogic buys monitoring company to better help farmers predict and maximise crop yields.

Food bargains abound

Tomatoes are at their lowest prices for 12 years, while prices also fell for many other items.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ariana Holland, 16, top right and her sisters Maddi, 14 and Kyla, 11 at their parents business Tasman Bay Berries.

A berry Christmas hoped for

Berry growers are hopeful for a good season, and say all going well there should be plenty of berries available for Christmas dinners.

agribusiness

PGG Wrightson confirms forecast

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney.

PGG Wrightson says its trading performance is on track with previous forecasts despite lower forecast dairy payouts.

Farming mixed with writing

On Triple Springs farm you can find sheep, cattle, sport horse and heading dog breeding, as well as a spot of children's story writing.

The dairy industry was heading down the highway, but ended up in a pot hole in 2014.

Agri-food's winding path

OPINION: With another year winding down, it is time to reflect on how well the agri-food industries have been travelling.

Discovery

Rummaging in rumens

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

Zeroing in on low-N plants

Could plants be used to reduce nitrification rates in soils and hence reduce nitrate leaching and emissions of nitrous oxide?

Methane producers: Livestock are a major source of greenhouse gases.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

rural women

Forum inspires green ambitions

FARMING TALK: Taranaki's Ruth Prankerd, left, talks dairy farming and the environment with fellow farmer Nicki Webster, of Canterbury, during the visit to Parliament by the DairyNZ environmental leaders forum.

Attending an environmental forum has set a Taranaki woman on a path to remind people caring for the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Helping with leadership

A desire to help other women reach their potential motivates a vet to join a programme to develop her leadership skills.

Alliance director Dawn Sangster at the Lorneville meat plant in Invercargill.

Links with women strengthened

Alliance meat processor sees women as key on-farm decision-makers and wants to improve their understanding of the co-operative.

Video

Auckland property market gains expected

Property investors say low interest rates and demand from foreign investors and migrants will keep the market strong.

advice

Help on offer for depressed farmers

OFFER HELP: Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant broke through depression by taking on a hobby.

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope.

5 ways to avoid a bad fencing job

There’s one really easy way to know if a fence is well built: a good fence is one you don’t notice.

Breeding your own chicks can be a hands-on job, or the right mother hen will take care of things for you.

20+ tips for hatching chicks

There are pros and cons to having broody hens do the work of incubation for you, even though their aim in life is to hatch out chicks.

aquaculture

Voyage from frozen to fresh

MISSION: Sanford’s chief executive, Volker Kuntzsch, wants to add traceability to the fresh fish market.

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

Baby snapper 'not good look'

They're legal but should baby snapper be the fare of international fish markets?

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

Asia 'can't get enough of our mussels'

New Zealand greenshell mussels are proving a hit in emerging Asian economies and fuelling export growth, Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Gary Hooper says.

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